Glad we are back in the diner where it is nice and cool. At the conclusion of our last get together, I had left us with the thought of how the Boomer and the Builder generations could have an impact on tomorrow's church. One thought is being "transformational in the church."
Transformational = Transformed
In January, I along with other pastors, studied a book and attended a conference entitled "Transformational Church." I found both the book and conference interesting, and in my opinion very thought provoking.
I began to think about churches that I had belonged to and ones that I had pastored. I thought of how many of them were not transformational and now sadly realized that in turn we/people were not transformed.
Stepping Up our Glocal Efforts
We need to find our voice as stated by Bob Roberts Jr. in his book Transformation; "Not only, in my estimation, do we need to remain global in our evangelism but we need to step up our glocal efforts."
What would our churches look like if the entire body of people like me would be mobilized and touch the people we come in contact with the message of Christ?
So how did we lose the evangelistic voice that we once had?
First: We became lost in modern thought within the world.
We began to think that individuality, reason, science, and optimism would build a church rapidly. True, the church did produced results and momentum,which in return caused results to reign supreme. The church then began to look at the results and quoted God in creation, "It is good."
The truth of the matter was we needed to examine the results that we were getting.
In other words, the church unwittingly merged with the same operating principles of governments and corporations but with only different products.
Secondly: The church became lost in consumerism.
We became lost in consumerism as the church began to think that the services that it provided had to be entertaining in order to make the gospel palatable to all.
This may have had increased the numbers of attendance, but did it increase the spiritual level of the church?
The church may have increased in size, buildings, budget, and yet we may not have succeeded in transforming lives.
Thirdly: We became lost in mega-mania.
Surely there are other factors that have affected the church, but I believe that in our church culture we think size proves success.
If you look at the Great Awakenings in America, the evangelistic movement did not, for the most part, consist of massive crusades but rather through small churches that touched their communities.
I feel that many churches today have lost their voice for their communities and according to Bob Roberts Jr: "The question is not should churches grow, but why should they grow?"
I wished I had more time here at the diner, but let me leave you with some thoughts that I gleamed from my study of the "Transformational Church," by Ed Stetzer and Thom S. Rainer.
- The apostle Paul had an evangelistic voice. He did not travel to places on his missionary journeys - he traveled to people.
- Real transformation or change starts with a new life not a new leaf.
- Real transformation or change is a process not a destination. It is an encounter to mirror Jesus.
- Real transformation or change is letting go and grabbing hold.
Let us think about going glocal as well as global by letting ourselves be transformational and regain our evangelistic voice.
Have a great week and next time we will have new menus with new selections at the diner.
Posted on Tue, June 21, 2011